What is Naturopathy?
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Many people ask me about my training in Israel, about my methodology and my philosophy of treatment.
In Israel medicine is truly complementary - holistic practitioners work hand-in-hand with conventional medical doctors toward the benefit of the patient.
Another important aspect of the methodology I follow is to educate my patients and teach them how to take responsibility for their own health and well-being. Patients with cancer are very good examples of this. By educating these patients about the chemistry of their disease and the effect of their nutrition on this chemistry, they are enabled to make informed choices about their lifestyle and the positive or negative effects of their nutritional habits on their health.
Sometimes patients need more than information. While still in school in Israel, I worked with two mothers who had lost children to terrorist attacks and another mother who, after many years of trying, gave birth to a baby with Down's Syndrome. Through personal development and guided imagery methods they were able to learn how to accept the past, come to terms with the present and look toward the future. The treatment was more emotional in nature, but the effect of the mind on the body and soul is a core philosophy in the school of complementary medicine and all three are integral parts of a person's overall wellness.
Physical complaints don't always necessarily have physical roots. I've treated many patients who initially came to me because of health issues such as high blood pressure, digestive problems, weight issues, and auto-immune related complaints. Following the initial interview, which usually lasts for two hours, we were able to find together that while they do suffer from these issues, the root cause is actually past psychological trauma. Sexual abuse in the past, traumatic events like divorce or the loss of a loved one can manifest physically. Treating the symptoms may indeed bring temporary relief however does not cure the underlying cause. Naturopathic medicine, as I practice it, understands the mind-body-soul interaction and codependence and the treatment plan take all three into account.
There are no magic pills or universal remedies. No one can be responsible for your health and well-being but you. My function is to help you learn to take that responsibility for your own health and to provide the information you need to make educated decisions about your individual health and needs, but is not limited to that alone. Phytotherapeutic and other methods of treatment are also beneficial in most cases to help regain the balance that has been lost between the mind, the body and the soul, and to help get the healing process in motion.
No two people are alike. Each patient is a unique individual and each treatment plan is unique to that individual. This approach is at the heart of the school of Naturopathic medicine to which I belong.
Dr. Milena Safran was born in Moscow, Russia and immigrated to Israel in 1991 at the age of 22. Milena enrolled first in the Reidman International College for Complementary Medicine and then transferred to the Tsabar College of Natural Medicine, both in Jerusalem, Israel. Completing her course of study Suma Cum Laude and her residency, she was granted her degree as a Doctor of Naturopathy. Milena's doctoral thesis, entitled Interactions between Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids and Prescription Medications, is now being used as a textbook for future Naturopaths.